Declutter the Linen Closet
Learn how to keep your linen closet organized by properly folding your bedding and towels.
- Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer
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STOP clutter in the linen closet
Pick a cool day — or turn up the air conditioning — to begin linen closet decluttering; it's more pleasant to handle blankets and thick towels when you're fresh and cool. Ready to STOP clutter in the linen closet?
Set the timer for 20 minutes, grab your sorting boxes and turn your attention to a single shelf area or drawer. Remove everything from the shelf — sheets, towels, lost toys — and sort into like piles. Linens to be returned to the closet can be placed on the portable table for refolding; out-of-place items are delivered to the appropriate boxes (Put Away, Sell/Donate, Storage).
Assess your linens while you toss trash. Ripped sheets, ragged towels and stained tablecloths deserve an honorable retirement, offering new life if repurposed. Worn pillowcases, a hole snipped for a hanger, serve as dust covers for stored clothing; the household's car washer will prize shredded sheets for polishing chrome bumpers.
Once the space is clear, use spray cleaner to remove dust and dirt. Turn to the stacked linens on the temporary table. Refolding is probably a must, but fold smart.
4. Put away
When the shelf is replaced or the timer rings, grab the Put Away box and circle the house, restoring items to their proper home. Tuck away the Storage and Sell/Donate boxes, and toss the trash.
Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer
Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited